When we discovered that I am sensitive to a lot of chemicals that are used in normal, everyday things, one of the first things that we did was to make the switch to organic foods and products where ever we could. As most of you know though, buying organic food can be expensive if you’re not careful. It doesn’t make much sense to me why foods that are grown without chemicals should cost more, but hey, I don’t make the rules. While there are a lot of certified organic foods that are expensive, there are also a bunch that aren’t. Budget friendly organic foods can be found at almost any grocery store, but you have to know what you’re looking for to begin with.
The thing that most people don’t realize is that it Buying organic doesn’t mean you have to double your food budget. Depending where you shop and how you shop, you will usually find that the cost of organic food really isn’t much over what you’re paying for the regular stuff. We’ve all been trained to expect organics to be much more expensive so when we go to look for budget friendly organic foods, we simply skim right over them.
Budget Friendly Organic Foods List
I know it sounds crazy, but eating organic, along with making as many items at home as we can, really has had an impact on not only my own health, but my Emma and my Tom’s too. The best part is that with research, I’ve been able to keep my grocery budget from exploding. Sure, I have to combine it with other ways to save on groceries. I can’t go out and buy any old thing that I want anymore and I have to do everything I can to save money on meat, but hey. No one ever said that saving money was easy. In all of the research I’ve done, these are by far the most budget friendly organic foods that I’ve found.
Bananas: Organic bananas are a great budget friendly organic food at most stores. They’ll run you just a few cents more per pound than non-organic options and generally taste more flavorful making it worth the few pennies each.
Apples: Organic apples are great to buy in bulk since they can be stored so easily. Apples can be dehydrated easily, turned into apple sauce, home canned and more. To get the best price for organic apples, you’ll want to check out Farmer’s Markets, local apple tree farms, and whole sale stores since they typically sell organic apples for less than non-organic options.
Avocados: Aside from their taste, avocados have a whole range of health benefits.. Even though they may not be super inexpensive, organic avocados are about the same price as non-organic meaning you can usually make the healthier choice when buying them.
Spaghetti Squash: Instead of adding those fattening carbs to your spaghetti, get an organic spaghetti squash around for the same price you would spend on noodles. They make fantastic spaghetti like noodles and chances are really good that your family will not even notice the difference.
Meat: Although meat isn’t inexpensive in any sense, there are options to getting budget friendly organic meats. Local meat markets, butchers, and whole sale stores sell bulk organic meat for wholesale prices. We personally order a lot of our meat from Zaycon Foods in bulk. Once we pick it up, I cook it up and freeze to use later.
Potatoes: Potatoes are an inexpensive way to add carbs into your diet without all the additives and luckily they’re inexpensive to grow yourself or to buy. Even organic potatoes tend to be fairly cheap if you get them at places like your local farmers market.
Organic Oatmeal: Oatmeal is naturally better for you than cold cereal and organic oatmeal can be bought for right around the same price as the non-organic stuff. Use it in your favorite breakfast recipe, cookies and more just like you would the other stuff.
Eggs: Organic eggs are much more nutritious and tasty than convenient eggs. You can find organic eggs at local Farmer’s Markets for a fraction of the cost of regular eggs. In the store, you can find good deals at stores like Aldi’s and Save-a-Lot. Another option for buying organic eggs is to find a local hobby farmer who is selling. We pay just $0.25 more per dozen for fresh eggs from a person who has backyard chickens than we would if we bought them at the store.
Onions: Onions spice up your meals and only a little bit will do. Buying organic onions saves you money in the long run because you typically need less per meal since organic onions typically have a better flavor. Even better? Once you’ve bought starter onions, you can regrow your own onions from scraps to keep the savings going.
Sweet Corn: Corn is grown in so many different states that it is almost impossible not to find a great deal on corn during the summer months. Local Farmer’s Markets have been known to sell organic corn for $0.25 per ear or less. Buy it when it is cheap and either freeze, dehydrate or can it so that you have it later when it isn’t cheap anymore.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers are another vegetable that doesn’t go up too much based on whether it is an organic product or not. You can find organic cucumbers for the same price if not less than regular cucumbers so there’s really no reason not to buy the organic version.
Strawberries: The way to buy strawberries is in bulk. Again, you can store them in the freezer or dehydrate them. Strawberries go on sale at different times of the year depending on when they are harvested. Try to buy strawberries during these times and stock up so that you are able to get great deals all year long.
Celery: Celery is a budget friendly option no matter what you buy but it is one of the most budget friendly organic foods you can buy. Like onions and potatoes, you only need to buy your starter bunches then you can grow your own celery from scraps to keep the savings going if you want.
Cheese: Cheese can be expensive, but is always in the best interest of your body to buy organic. Processed cheese can cause numerous medical expenses in the future from clogged arteries to heart problems which means high costs.
Bread: We all know white flour is not good for us and even the “good” white bread can be costly. Local bread warehouses are great places to find organic bread at whole sale prices. Another option is to make your own homemade bread. You can pick up a breadmaker pretty cheap and even after buying organic flour, you’ll still likely spend less than you would per loaf buying organic bread.
Greens: Spinach leaves, lettuce, and cabbage are a much needed part of your diet. You can buy huge packages of organic greens at whole sale stores for a fraction of the price. We love to buy organic spring mixes and use them in salads, smoothies and more.
Flax Seed: Flaxseed has so many great health benefits that the benefits outweigh the price. I personally use flaxseed in so many recipes. If you search, you can find it for a great deal. I like Bob’s Red Mill and have never paid over $4.00 per bag. You can use flaxseed in almost every recipe to add protein, vitamins, and nutrition which makes it great for Mom’s who have picky eaters that need their nutrition.
Raisins: Kids love raisins and they are a healthy snack option. Use them in cookies, on celery and peanut butter, make your own trail mix or eat them just because. Organic or non-organic, they’re a cheap snack option.
Peanut Butter: Whether you buy regular peanut butter or a better organic brand, you will be paying around the same price. Organic peanut butter actually tastes better (according to my daughter) than the other stuff and since it’s around the same price, you can grab it without killing your budget.
Carrots: Carrots are another one of those vegetables that may cost a few cents more, but it really shouldn’t be a big enough difference in your grocery budget. In other words, instead of paying $1.69 for pesticides, you can get organic for $1.72. Regional differences in price will occur obviously but they should still be just as affordable as the non-organic ones no matter what the cost ends up being.
Frozen veggies: Frozen is always better than canned, but you can find frozen organic veggies that you can store for months. Things like peas, broccoli, and cauliflower make great organic options for frozen veggies.
Mushrooms: Not everyone likes mushrooms, but it seems the regular mushrooms compared to organic mushrooms don’t change much in price making them another one of my favorite budget friendly organic foods. I love to buy them when they’re on sale then dehydrate them for later.
Bell Peppers: Bell peppers are great to add to any dish; stir fry, toss in with steak, or add to sausages. Organic bell peppers can be bought for less than regular peppers at local Farmer’s Markets during their regular growing season. We freeze them or dehydrate them so that we have fresh organic ones all year.
Whole Wheat Flour: No matter the price, whole wheat flour will definitely live up to the money you spent. Whole Wheat flour can be used in all your baking recipes and then some. Instead of buying more breads and pastas, you can make your own which saves you money. Add in the health benefits of eating whole wheat vs bleached white flour and what doesn’t appear to be budget friendly suddenly becomes one of my favorite very budget friendly organic foods.
Beans: Beans are an inexpensive way of adding protein into your diet whether they’re organic or not making them one of the best budget friendly organic foods that you can buy. Organic beans seem to be around the same price as regular beans and can be added to an array of recipes from chili to soups. Because of their health benefits, beans should always be added to your menu plan in some way, shape or form.
Most fruits and veggies you can get at your local Farmer’s Market for cheaper than you will find them in the store, however there are exceptions. Another great alternative is to buy at wholesale stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. With a little ad checking and small budget, you can feed your family budget friendly organic foods and know that you’re doing the absolute best for them that you can.
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